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're coming to you live from newtown, connecticut, this morning. it is a raw and rainy morning here. grief-stricken neighbors are holding each other tight, preparing for the first funerals today, in the aftermath of the massacre at the sandy hook elementary school. >> here's the latest. president obama came here last night, offering comfort to the inconsolable in private. then, in an interfaith service, telling those who lost loved ones, you are not alone. and promising to use all of his powers as president to stop these kinds of tragedies. today, newtown will begin burying its dead. funerals for jack pinto, and noah pozner. >> we'll get to know more about ana marquez-green. she is a little girl who liked to sing while her brother played the piano. we'll bring the latest on the suspected shooter. how police say he got into the school. and why he may have been targeting it. >>> and also, an exclusive, heartbreaking, wrenching interview, with the sandy hook principal, dawn hochsprung. what her daughters want you to know about their mother. >> funeral services this afternoon for the two, beau
, live in newtown, connecticut. we'll be bringing you the very late ef on the investigation as john said, the children are starting school as well with an increased police presence, will it be enough for the parents and of course we have another funeral we are following this morning for you as well. john? >> another beautiful young child we buried up there, four days after the school massacre that numbed the entire nation. this is the latest. this unspeakable tragedy is reigniting the gun control debate all over the country. president already taking steps to ban assault rifles with his vice president leading the charge. plus, this brand new overnight, dick's sporting goods has banned the sale of ar-15 rifles and other guns like it for now. the modern sporting rifle section of its website, totally blank this morning. the company releasing a statement saying, quote, out of respect for the victims and their families we have removed all guns in our store nearest to newtown and suspended the sale of modern sporting rifles in all of our stores chainwide. >>> grief counselors will be on hand th
heartbreaking good-byes in connecticut. investigators say they are looking at every bullet, anding every angle. >> the gun processing the evidence, analyzing the evidence. >> from the wreckage much ruined lives, trying to piece together understanding of how this happened. plus what, we've learned with friday's first victim. the shooter's own mother. she told me the guns, she would take them shooting because that was a way that a single mom could, you know, relate to her son. >> she was devoted and that was her job, to look after him. >> tonight the inside story from the family's friends and neighbors. i'm john scott in for shepard smith. we begin with the search for a motive. it is clear friday's shooting in newtown, connecticut can have no rational explanation. the act itself is the definition of insanity. still at this hour, investigators are work to unravel the sequence of events that ended with a man killing his own mother, driving to an elementary school and murdering 26 innocent children and adults before committing suicide. right now it's all still a puzzle. but investigators are workin
in new town, connecticut. a school shooting that killed 26 children and adults at sandy hook elementary. today nra boss wane lapierre blamed violence on the media bloody movies and violent video games. he blamed lawmakers for making schools an easy target for the monsters living among us. >> politicians pass laws for gun free school zones. they issue press releases bragging about them. they post signs advertising them appeared in doing so, they tell every insane killer in america that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk. >> harris: lapierre then called on congress to put an armed officer in every school by next month when kids go back after the holidays. protesters disrupted his comments at least twice today. one of them claiming the nra has blood on its hands. james rosen live in washington tonight. james, there was an overarching point today that lapierre was making. what was it? >> well, he cited the presence of armed and trained security officers, harris at banks, courthouses, power plants, defense installations and also the presence of firearms
in newtown, connecticut as two more young victims of the horrible massacre are laid to rest. we'll go out to peter doocy, he will talk about james, who is called jay. he was a numbers guy and the other is jessica reko who loved everything about horses and playing with her brothers. other newtown schools will head back to school. and we'll hear more on what led to the shooting. hi, peter. >> gretchen, last night i was walking around and the streets are packed with people milling about in complete silence. the only noise you hear are cars and trucks passing by . yesterday, several of those trucks were moving trucks complete with their own police escort taking the furniture from inside of sandy hook over to mono, ron monroe to chalk hill middle school which is where students displaced by the awful tragedy will go back to class when the district decides that the time is right. >> the sandy hook school furniture is going to be move out and so it will be age and height and wait appropriate. but the healing and the back to normal see is worth every effort. >> authorities say they had no contact
lanza and he was not a known criminal in newtown, connecticut. >> there was no connection school or school here. nand investigators said that adam lanza drove to the school and had four guns in the coor carry three of them in the school. we'll do everything tatakes to uncover the evidence and conduct interviews and paint a clear picture as to how and why this tragedy occurred. >> a live update and the investigation from connecticut state police. fox news correspondant molly lime in newtown, connecticut. >> greta there is it new information not as much as in the beginning and the days following, but they revealed in that home, in the home where nancy lanza's body was found there were computers and they were smashed up and looking in phone record credit card records. they believe they had success in gathering the information on how and why this occurred. interesting information in the atf. the mother and the son, nancy lanza. they were her guns involved in the crime and they had been no to guns in the past. but adam lanza had not beg your pardon to a shooting rain in the recent six
, connecticut, i'm anderson cooper back for a special edition of "360" tonight. this is the small town where this crime shocked the entire nation just one day ago. police tonight are still combing through what they call every crack and crevice. those are their words, of the elementary school where a gunman shot 26 people, most of them 6 and 7-year-olds. they're also at the home of the man identified as the shooter, trying to learn any clues they can about why he did what he did, why this school in particular. president obama will be here tomorrow visiting the families of the victims, the 20 kids and the six adults killed in the school. also talking to first responders and talking at a prayer vigil tomorrow evening. we are learning more about those young victims tonight, those 12 girls and eight little boys shot dead in their classrooms. most of what we're learning is from their parents who are sharing their grief very publicly tonight. kyung, you were there earlier when the father of emilie parker came out of his house and wanted to tell people, wanted to talk to tv cameras and just talk in
lobby the nra speaking out today one week after violence rocked that small community in connecticut. >>> and devastating implosion, the end of the world? nope, it is not the apocalypse, it's what people are saying about the fiscal cliff. after speaker boehner's plan b falls flat, what's next? "newsroom" starts now. good morning to you. thank you so much for being with us. i'm carol costello. this hour a nation pauses to honor the victims of last week's horrifying attack at a connecticut elementary school. many americans including president obama will take part in a moment of violence at 9:30 eastern. that marks the moment one week ago that the gunman burst into sandy hook elementary school. church bells will toll across the country 26 times to remember each of the children and educators killed, and after being noticeably quiet for the past week, the national rifle association holds a news conference next hour. the gun rights groups will comments on the shooting as it faces impassioned calls for tighter gun control. poppy harlow, jason carroll are in newtown on this somber morning. p
fortified. . .38 caliber handgun, 12 gauge shotgun and bushmaster 23 rifle, the same used in the connecticut school shooting. two firefighters were killed and two others hospitalized. spengler, police say, killed himself. they revealed human remains were found in spengler's burned house and authorities suspect they belong to his missing sister. >> motive is always the question and not sure we will know what's going on in his manned. >> reporter: they suspect his 91-year-old mother's death and donation she made to this fire department could help explain the motive for christmas eve shootings. >>> former president grge w.h. bush remained in christmas where he spent time with family. the 41st president surfaced setbacks in his recovery and why they could not release him for christmas as hoped to do originally. the 88-year-old former president has been hospitalized since thanksgiving for what was initially described as a bronchitis type cough. in weeks since he became weak and developed a fever and doctors are cautiously optimistic he will recover. >>> we return to our meteorologist. when you ta
and bushmaster, the same as in the connecticut shooting. two firefighters were killed and two others hospitalized. spangler, police say, killed himself. they revealed human remains were found in spangler's burned house and authorities suspect they belong to his missing sister. >> motive is always the burning question and we will never know what was going through his mind. >> reporter: police are investigating whether the death of his 91-year-old mother in october and donation she made to the fire department could help explain the motive for his christmas eve shootings. >>> former president w.h. bush remains in the hospital this morning where he spent christmas wes his wife, barbara bush as well as family members. the former first president suffered setbacks and why they could not release him as hoped to do originally. the former 88-year-old president was hospitalized for what was initially described as a bronchitis type cough. in the weeks since, he's become weak and developed a fever and cautiously are optimistic he will fully recover. >>> as always, when we talk about tornadoes, they're surpris
getting any closer to answers in the newtown, connecticut elementary school massacre? >> we're hearing from connecticut state police saying they have very good evidence, it's a quote now, that could answer questions about adam lanza's motive. >> we've learned some things in particular, that he tried desperately to cover his tracks before his murderous rampage, smashing his computer hard drive, according to some police sources, making it much more difficult to read his electronic data trail that he left behind. >> we haven't articulated any definitive information about anything that was seized with the exception of the weaponry that was recovered and seized in this case. everything else is simply not being discussed publicly. >> we now have a possible motive for friday's shooting exclusively on our website. fox reports that adam lanza may have snapped because his mother was planning to commit him to a psychiatric facility. we have gathered a great deal of evidence from the secondary crime scene which was a private residence and certainly we've amassed a great deal of evidence at the mai
getting ready for school in newtown, connecticut. those 26 innocents were gunned down in cold blood inside the sandy hook elementary school. this morning at 9:30 eastern time, the country is invited to observe a moment of silence along with newtown. there's been an endless procession of grief to remember all of these victims. three more funerals will be held today. this morning at 9:30 eastern time in connecticut and across the entire nation, a moment of silence will be observed followed by the ringing of church bells. that will happen 26 times. cnn's poppy harlow is live in newtown, connecticut. good morning to you, poppy. >> reporter: good morning, zoraida. you see the volunteers behind me here. 5:00 a.m. in the morning, they're working trying to keep this makeshift memorial beautiful for this town. it's one of so many that has sprung up across newtown. at 9:30 eastern this morning, the world will be grieving and remembering with this entire community, that moment of silence will be felt around the world. also, you're going to hear church bells ringing across this town 26 to 28 times for
in the tragic school shooting in connecticut. what her daughter wants the world to know about her mother. >>> and a deal in sight this morning. republicans and democrats could be closer than ever to an agreement on the fiscal cliff today. tuesday, december 18th, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today," with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a tuesday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm david gregory in for matt this morning. we've had some terrible news to cover recently. we have such great news this morning that we can share with everyone. our friend and colleague richard engel and his team have been freed unharmed and there they are. we look forward to talking to all of them to find out about their ordeal. >> a lot of us are exhaling this morning. of course, we'll get the latest from newtown, connecticut. natalie morales is there this morning where two more funerals for the victims of the shooting will be held today. we'll get to her, but we'll give you the latest developments. sandy hook elementary
's shooting in connecticut. should investors, rather than the government, take the lead in attempting to influence gun policy? >>> herb greenberg will be out with his list of the worst ceos of the year. in this hour he will reveal number three. my partner sue herera on the floor of the new york stock exchange. hi, sue. >> hi, ty. it's a strong day with a triple digit advance. we have 13 days until america goes off the fiscal cliff. events moving faster in washington. house speaking boehner meeting with party members, moving to plan b. that deals with bush era tax cuts. the white house rejected that. investors like whatever progress we're seeing. s&p 500 at a two-month high. s&p up 1 1/3 -- 1.1 on s&p, dow jones industrial average up 114 points, almost a full% enand nasdaq up 1 1/3. the latest on how those negotiations are progressing. >> over the last 24 hours or so we've had a flurry of proposals, counter proposals, responses, responses to responses. as it lies right now, basically all those responses have been rejected by the other side. at the top of 2:00, we should have a new roun
power of the tragedy in newtown, connecticut, to try to put the pressure on republicans. he talked about them taking off their partisan war paint. he said he'd more than met them halfway in terms of spending cuts that he's offered, coming up in the income threshold for tax increases, and he has the upper hand in public opinion. there's no question about that. he is not surrendering that at this point. the question is whether speaker john boehner can move his caucus, even as far as he's already moved further toward the president. that's what the next couple days are going to be about. >> thank you very much, john. do you think, you think really sort of rumbling that we're hearing means that we have actually moved further away from the possibility of what i'm going to call the first of the 12 days of cliffness? >> insiders in both parties are telling me they think the prospects of no deal and going over the cliff have risen significantly. now, i continue to think that the fundamentals exist, as the president said in his news conference, there are only a few hundred billion dollars apart ov
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in newtown, connecticut. it has become for all the wrong reasons main street usa. that may all change. plenty of news on that subject tonight with president obama laying out a plan of action today and the nra planning to speak on that later this week. for now, people living for the moment. for the families living hour by hour, minute by minute, second by second even. they aare tending to the sadly duty they have to bury the dead and to remember and to honor. daniel barden was always smiling and had two front teeth missing. his dad was a musician and he followed his lead by playing the drums. his family described him as a thoughtful boy when he noticeded kids sitting alone in the lunchroom in school he would join him. in an interview, his dad remembers teaching him to play "jingle bells" on the way to school >> we held hands on the way to the bus. and that was our last morning together. he did get up early that morning and ran down the driveway so he could kiss his brother good-bye in his pajamas. it was 22 degrees. he was exception aexceptional. >> his family says he was a cob stant source of
, connecticut. four more funerals scheduled today. vicky societo will be laid to r, and three children. daniel barden, caroline previdi. students will not return until after winter break at sandy hook. they are talking about bringing them back, and it's not possible to do. and many parents supported that as well. they will be moving when they open the school to a completely different area, different school. sandra endohas that, good morning. >> good morning, soledad. a lot of students and parents we spoke to say the first day of school was anything but a regular day, despite the goal no make sure students in huetown return return to a sense of normalcy. a lot say there were somber moments in the classrooms yesterday, as well as emotions running high and a lot of kids said police officers, grief counselors and comfort dogs to help kids adjust. they say that most of the day was spent by faculty talking to the kids about what happened and also dealing with their feelings. of course, again, the grief is just gripping this community. four more funerals today. three first graders and one heroic teac
connecticut it should be all gone by 8:00 a.m. definitely cooler on the east coast. in the midwest, you definitely remain on the chilly side but everything should have a dry afternoon. the exception, again, lynn, florida, low 80s and dodging showers. still hard to feel bad for them. >> yeah, it is. thank so much. >>> bright lights over texas, colorado's rocky high, and, bill, who is hoarding all the donkey cheese. i've been asking that question all morning. i will tell you coming up. it's not me. it's not me. >>> plus, new government warnings, how governments may be collecting large amounts of data on your kids. you're watching "first look" on m s msnbc. [ male announcer ] it's that time of year again. time for citi price rewind. because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest price. and if it finds one, you get refunded the difference. just use your citi card and register your purchase online. have a super sparkly day! ok. [ male announcer ] now all you need i
this morning. >> thank you. >>> this morning, more grief and new details in newtown, connecticut. friends of the killer's mother said she spent her final days at the a luxury resort in new hampshire. she returned thursday night and hours later her son killed her, then launched that deadly rampage at the school. >>> one idea being floated by some politicians at the state and federal level is to allow teachers to be armed and trained to confront a school shooter like adam lanza. we talked a lot about this in "the newsroom" and it ignited a firestorm on my facebook page and passionate conversation across the country. the passion of this man whose granddaughter is the same age as many of the newtown victims. >> i have a 5-year-old granddaughter and thank god she goes to school at a private kindergarten in text it text where the staff are armed, and i feel a lot better knowing that. she's not going to die under a desk waiting to be executed. >> but critics of the idea are just as adam ant as supporters. the president of the illinois education association joins me now by phone from springfield,
. >> brian: i pain is still unbearable in connecticut . five more victims of the sandy hook massacre will be laid to rest today. katherine hubard and ann murphy and lauren and benjamin and alicon. we have more details from peter doocy. >> for days, investigators are telling us that they have a lot of good evidence to work with in this case. we are learning that adam lanza may not left much of a digital footprint because the hartford current that adam lanza made few if ny cell phone calls and he destroyed his computer in a way that makes it hard to tell if he warned anyone on line about his attack and if he did specific advance research before friday on that computer where he spent his time playing call of duty, first person shooter game. one report this morning said nancy lanza left town for a new hampshire get away and called the hotel where another network reported she said and the person at the desk right now was not able to confirm anything and the investigators look at the lanza, they are trying to stop scammers from taking advantage of people's good will. someone set up a phony
the tragic shooting in connecticut, of course. the new york stock exchange will hold a moment of silence to honor the victims in the next few moments, and we'll be looking at the president's call for meaningful action and the politics of gun control. >> let's get to a road map for this morning. it starts with apple. under pressure once again. even dipping below $500 a share at some point this morning. shares will remain range bound near term. iphone 5 sales and cannibalization among the region. >> other concessions from the gop, the speaker proposing tax hikes for millionaires. could this be the tipping point. moving the talks beyond deadlock. >> a big week for earnings. yes, earnings. fedex, research in motion among the companies reporting. so finally maybe we'll be talking about fundamentals in the stock market more than just the cliff. we've got to talk about apple reversing its move lower this morning, sold more than 2 million iphone 5s in china. the best debut for any iphone in the china market. apple shares are higher as we mentioned. moving away from market bear territory. apple h
in newtown, connecticut. >> yep. >> we're all hugging our children a little more tightly this season. >> and everything's on the table. >> as an outdoorsman, i think we need to completely rethink guns in america. >> i think we need to protect our kids at the school, though. everything's on the table. >> our thoughts and prayers are with the families in newtown. >> thank you both very much. right now it's time for "squawk on the street." good morning. welcome to "squawk on the street." which debuted on cnbc's seven years ago today. happy anniversary to us. i'm melissa lee with carl and jim cramer and david faber live from the new york stock exchange. let's look at how we're setting up after yesterday's rally. particular strength in yesterday's rally. we didn't get housing starts, that's earlier today. as for the picture in europe, really the stand outout here is the euro. greece getting a five notch upgrade at the s&p. our road map this morning starts with gm. government motors no more. the treasury to exit its stake in the next 12 to 18 months, purchasing 2 million shares by the end
:15 moment of silence remembering what happened in connecticut. so i don't know. it seems to be maybe there is a muted sense there's going to be a spirit of compromise up there in washington now. we've seen some rotational action. cyclicals are down, banks are up. they seem to anticipate that this is going to be resolved. and then the implications are if we don't have a santa claus rally as we talked about, then we'll see something in january. because this last quarter has been sort of a wait and see kind of thing. that would probably speak to a good quarter for us next time around. >> you know, i wonder. i don't know that anybody's happy with oh, well this is going to be a january affair. and we're not going to deal with this after christmas. did you see a change in money flows? you're there on the floor watching real money move throughout sectors. did you see any change today or on friday as people felt that maybe we are at the beginning of a deal? or still people are sort of sitting on their hands and not wanting to move money around? >> getting more active. but it's been rotationa
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'd like to say, that i think all of our hearts and prayers are with the families in newtown, connecticut. as a father, i cannot even imagine the utter horror that those families are going through right now, grieving the loss of their children and their loved ones. as far as the fiscal cliff is concerned, as the speaker has said, we remain committed to trying to minimize the impact on hard-working families and small businesses in this country, as far as tax increases are concerned. we look to find the answer to solve the problem on the spending issue here in washington. the president is not yet there. he has not come to where he needs to be in order for us to push through a bill that really does begin to address the problem. and as the speaker said, that's why we are now discussing an alternative plan, if the president and the white house cannot come our way. thank you. >> as the speaker and the leader said, we've been trying to make sure we do not go off this fiscal cliff. but at the same time, put america on a different path. one for job creation, one that also takes care of our spendin
mother's plans to enroll him in a special school outside connecticut. funerals continue today for the victims of that terrible accident. there's new fallout over the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi that left four americans dead. four state department officials, including the security chief have left their jobs under pressure. those changes come less than 24 hours after an independent review blamed the department for what it described as grossly inadequate security lapses, both before and during the september 11th attack. while secretary of state hillary clinton has said she's ultimately responsible, the chairman of the investigating panel suggests the security lapses occurred further down in the chain of command. >> we fixed it at the assist and the secretary level, which is in our view, the appropriate place to look, where the decisionmaking in fact take place, where if you like the rubber hits the road. >> the secretary of state has been very clear about taking responsibility here. it was, from my perspective, not reasonable in terms of her having a specific level o
to to know something had to be wrong with the man in connecticut. the chief medical examiner is still trying to figure out exactly what it was. the doctor tells the hartford newspaper that he is trying to determine whether a genetic disease might have played a part in adam lanza's shooting spree. friends of alan zaps family say they were told he had aspergers syndrome a disorder on the autism spectrum. aspergers is not linked to any violent behavior. aspergers is simply not on the menu in terms it of what is wrong with this kid. rick leventhal on the top story at the bottom of the hour. live tonight in newtown. it sounds like this investigation is really taking a bit of an unusual turn, rick. >> yes, shepard. a genetic turn. obviously a key question for investigators is what was wrong with adam lanza? is there some clue in his d.n.a. to explain his murderous rampage? that's why the state medical examiner has asked a jennette cyst geneticists examine the results searching for some possible clue in adam lanza's remains. a possible motive under consideration is adam lanza found out out that his
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elementary in connecticut. investigators are saying it could take months to figure out why shooter adam lanza went on the deadly rampage. >> the house committee says shelly burke levi lated house rules and laws by using her position to benefit her husband's medical practice. no action is needed since she cooperated she is now retiring after 7 terms. >> hobby lobby lost appeal after being exempt from the obama care requirement the morning after pill. it will goes against the principals of the owners. they plan to take the case to the supreme court. it is one of 42 legal actions since the requirement took effect. >> nasa taking a page from buzz light year? >> to infinity and beyond. >> well, of course that's toy story character buzz light year. this is prototype of nasa space soot. it is design to do allow mast naughts to mo around more easily. it is set to debut in 2015 schl our boys will like that one. >>> brand new development in the battle to avoid the fiscal cliff. late last night house republicans opted not to vote on a plan b. with all of the detail osss on doug luzader. plan b is histor
to the newtown connecticut shooting. another dog working in law enforcement is holland. fox files met up with him and his handler, metropolitan transportation authority police officer doug joseph. this k-9 unit is helping to lead the fight against terrorism in the big apple. >> in the mta, what would he be sniffing for 12346789. >> here our primary concern is explosives on the transit system in the metro area. >> tell me how important dogs have become in the last several years to american security? >> what the dog lets us do is move around any place, any time. they are versatile and we are lucky to have them. >> in 2010 after the pentagon spent four years and $17,000 researching ied detection they announced that nothing is better than a dog. >> having a dog on point is very important and they have saved many lives. >> coming up, the unbreakababab [ male announcer ] when it comes to the financial obstacles military families face, we understan at usaa, we know military life is different. we've been there. that's why every bit of financial advice we offer is geared specifically to current and former
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to class. reporting live in newtown, connecticut, danielle lee. bill, back to you. >> thanks, danielle. i'll take it. 45 minutes, 40 minutes rather before the closing bell sounds for the day. a market that's holding on to the gains very close to the highs, up 98 points, shy of the high, 13,333 on the industrial. j.c. penney and groupon's ceo on herb greenberg's list of worst ceo. he'll be along to tell us why he's being so mean to these ceos. and coming up, home depot founder ken langone will join me coming up and will join me for the entire hour next hour on the "closing bell." [ male announcer ] citi turns 200 this year. so why exactly should that be of any interest to you? well, in that time there've been some good days. and some difficult ones. but, through it all, we've persevered, supporting some of the biggest ideas in modern history. like the transatlantic cable that connected continents. and the panama canal that made our world a smaller place. we supported the marshall plan that helped europe regain its strength. and pioneered the atm, so you can get cash when you want it. it's
tomorrow. >> my father is 87. he's in connecticut. nursing home. he is a world war ii vet, u.s. navy, and helped raise four great kids. at least my brothers are great. i was with him this weekend in connecticut. to see the world war ii generation, many of them struggling with health problems and my father as well, just wanted to say happy birthday. thanks for doing that. >> steve: god bless you and god bless him. you just saved $5 on a hallmark card. >> yeah. don't worry, dad. i'm not going to send you one of those e-mail cards. we have the real one in the mail. >> steve: there is a song when you open it up. >> my kids play those and they go through all the pharmacies and go through all the cards. it's a symphony of cards when my kids are in the pharmacy. >> gretchen: thanks for honoring your guys because they're the most important things in our lives. >> they are. we'll miss them when they're not here. >> gretchen: thanks. well, there is a right to life plate, not getting the license to drive. they were ruled unconstitutional because the other side can't have its say. >> eric: then
issue that remains front and center ten days after the deadly school shooting in connecticut. the head of the nra answering critics over the weekend following his first comments since the tragedy here's nbc's ron mott. >> reporter: over the weekend the last of the funerals were held as victims a'families work to restart their lives after unthinkable losses. against that somber backdrop the political war of words about guns and the prominence around america grew more intense. on sunday in an exclusive appearance on "meet the press," the head of the nation's largest and most powerful gun lobby, the national rifle association, defended and expanded upon comments he made friday when he called on congress to fund armed officers in public schools. >> if it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy. i'll tell you what, i think the american people think it's crazy not to do it. >> laperriere's position set off a flurry of public criticism, a sentiment shared by some long-time newtown residents. >> we lost 20 beautiful young
will be spending more time in school now. colorado, connecticut, massachusetts, new york, and tennessee will add 300 hours of class time for some schools starting next year. this is going to be a three-year pilot program. the aim is to make kids more successful in class and make schools more competitive globally. it's paid for with a mix of federal, state and district funds. >> steve: meanwhile, one of america areas most notorious serial killers may have solved more cold cases. cops in illinois plan to use john wayne gacy's blood to possibly link his dna to other murders. they also want to use dna samples from other killers executed before dna analysis became standard practice and hope to share the results with police departments across the country to help solve cold cases. >> brian: petra is on wednesday of. i just found out. shock surge in the number of stolen tax refunds because of identity theft and even worse, many of them aren't being investigated by the irs! the government accountability office says there were more than 641,000 cases of tax fraud involving i.d. theft as of september 30. t
, and connecticut. they know these places that have been hit so hard by sandy because they are their hometowns. that was really wonderful to see them come out and support their communities. we believe that $30 million was raised in ticket sales and we're still waiting for the final tally for all the donations called in from around the world last night. the money will go to hurricane victims through the robin hood foundation. a mazing effort last night. i only wish i had a ticket to see it in person. that's the latest from madison square garden. i'll send it back to you in the studio. >> steve: it was on 30 different tv channels. my wife watched the whole thing. >> brian: i think the dvd is going to be released. correct? >> steve: and you can buy the itunes songs and the money goes to robin hood. >> gretchen: i hoped you dvd, 'cause i didn't see one second. since the storm is going to cost $60 billion, hopefully a lot of this money will help defray some of those costs. >> brian: per state. >> steve: yeah. meanwhile, we got other stories making headlines on this thursday morning. while you were
, connecticut. some towns are now on capitol hill today. they are painting a vivid picture of this massive damage done in nir communities. joining us live from the rotunda, hoboken mayor dawn zimmer. ufs you were testifying about how small businesses have struggled here. tell us about what's going on in hoboken, what do you need? >> part of my message is hoboken is very much open for business. we have fantastic restaurants and nightlife and shopping and washington street was not flooded. many of our businesses have been impacted by the closure of the path, 60%. some businesses are reporting as much as 60% down in business. my main concern is the 200 or so businesses off of washington street who are struggling to either stay open, operating in an alternate location or potentially over the next several months could be forced to close down. that's my focus right now. >> i understand there was $1 hundred million in damage in hoboken. what is the main source of revenue for helping people get back to work and get back to business? >> well, for businesses the only option for them from the federal
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